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The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

March 4, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

By Kristina Kulyabina Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is blaring through the speakers as four energetic women maneuver individual strip poles early Saturday morning. “Up! Good job, that’s it. Awesome, look at that she’s got it!” says Tekla Kostek, also known as T.K., class instruc...

Discovering the beauty of Nicaragua: It’s all about getting there

Discovering the beauty of Nicaragua: It’s all about getting there

Erin Wolosz, Contributor
March 3, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Dirty, poor, no-good, and lower class citizens. Spend only a short time in Costa Rica and you will undoubtedly hear Nicaraguans, or Nicas, as they are called throughout Latin America, described this way. The discrimination against Costa Rica’s neighbors to the north is apparent. They claim that...

Disconnect from the digital age at Mystery Train Records

Disconnect from the digital age at Mystery Train Records

Wendy Brown, Writer
March 3, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

It’s a place you stumble upon, a place that exudes a sense of an older time. As you walk in the door the distinct, musky smell of well-loved items surrounds you.

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Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Emma Sandler, Writer
March 2, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

When I tell people I am studying abroad at the University of Leeds in England I always have to mention it is in West Yorkshire located two hours north of London by train, as many people have no idea where Leeds is. The truth is, that despite being the third largest city in England, Leeds does not get...

An American abroad in Norwich, England

An American abroad in Norwich, England

February 17, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Vincenza Parella Norwich is a beautiful, thriving college town that is situated about an hour from the eastern coast, and about two hours northeast of London by train. It is surrounded by a river and guarded by a large castle at the top of a hill; one of its acclaimed universities is the Universit...

Beating the cold at the Hadley Central Rock Gym

Beating the cold at the Hadley Central Rock Gym

Wendy Brown, Writer
February 17, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The kind of outdoor fun that sends a shiver up your spine.

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Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

February 17, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Last semester we published a piece about bungee jumping while on study abroad in Costa Rica. Erin Wolosz, the author of the piece, has finally returned from her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica and has brought with her footage of her jump. You can read the original article here. ...

The Quarters Bar

The Quarters Bar

February 17, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

by Kristina Kulyabina ‘GAME OVER’ flashes repeatedly on the screen of The Simpsons arcade cabinet as a young boy continues to move his controllers back and forth for minutes. To his left stands a change machine that dispenses quarters for dollar bills and a credit card swipe of up to $10. For just...

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

February 17, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Katie McKenna Growing up in greater Boston, I’d had my fair share of nasty winters.  Some of my happiest moments have been reading the thermometer and feeling that indescribable joy that comes with the saying, “Hey! It’s supposed to be above zero today!” I know no greater joy than sleddin...

Four nerd havens in the Pioneer Valley

Four nerd havens in the Pioneer Valley

Colleen Jones, Contributor
December 2, 2013
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Based on the popularity of Humans Vs. Zombies, a game of tag, it’s clear that the Five College area has its fair share of nerds. But now that “HVZ” is over and Halloween has past, where can nerds go to get their nerdy fixes? Sometimes it’s hard to find new people to game with, go to movies and conventi...

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Samantha Gillis, Writer
December 2, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Since studying abroad in Wales, I’ve come to find that most people don’t seem to know where it is. I’ve heard some pretty good guesses: “Near the Czech Republic?” Not quite, try more west, and then go over some water. “Australia, right?” To be fair, there is a New South Wales in Aust...

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

December 2, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Erin Wolosz There I was, tethered to a cable car suspended more than 450 feet over a valley in Costa Rica. I shuffled to the edge. My feet felt like rocks, maybe because of the harnesses on my ankles, or maybe it was just the sheer terror.  I looked out over the open edge- there was no way I was...

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